British folk rock band Mumford & Sons has been forced to postpone four dates on its ongoing Delta Tour due to what it has described as “unforeseen technical and logistical challenges”.

Tomorrow’s (Wednesday’s) gig at Manchester Arena has been cancelled, along with dates at Sheffield’s FlyDSA Arena, Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena and Liverpool’s Echo Arena in the coming days and weeks.

The band said its current tour is “by far the most ambitious” it has put together. As a result, it has had to free up time in its schedule to execute the plans amid “obstacles” that have emerged during production.

In a statement posted on its Twitter account, Mumford & Sons added: “As we also hope you know by now, we never postpone shows lightly, in fact it’s something we try to avoid at all costs – so this decision has been incredibly difficult to make but in this case we have no other choice.

“The truth is that it is simply not humanly possible to play these particular shows at this time and we are sorry the reality of that only truly landed after we completed Belfast (on Sunday).”

The tour has seen Mumford & Sons debut a new stage, which the band has described as “groundbreaking”. The band said it would share information on the new 2019 dates for the postponed shows “very soon”.

Some fans reacted angrily to the news on social media with Twitter user @valiussa telling the band to “just use a regular stage” and others pointing out that the cancellations were unacceptable at such short notice.

The tour continues tonight at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro. Following the cancellation of tomorrow’s gig in Manchester, the next stop on the tour is Birmingham’s Genting Arena on Friday.

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